At 12:57 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, a 31-year-old Darien man was standing by the platform at Noroton Heights Railroad Station, apparently heavily intoxicated, with a cut on his right hand, Darien police said. Someone had called Darien police to report that he had broken the window of a vehicle.
Police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer was already at the scene when Darien police arrived. They noticed that the man, James Reardon of Raiders Lane, Darien, seemed heavily intoxicated.
A few feet from Reardon was a Subaru Outback. The rear driver’s side window had been broken. Police asked Reardon about that.
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He told them the SUV belonged to his girlfriend, and he had broken the window to retrieve something out of it. Police asked the girlfriend about that.
She told them she was at that time in Rhode Island. And that she doesn’t own a Subaru Outback.
Reardon was checked by a member of a Darien EMS-Post 53 ambulance crew.
Reardon was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and released on a written promise to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford. The police announcement didn’t have the date. He was released to a family member.
The owner of the Outback was informed of the damage.